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May 12, 2015 2:00 PM

NH1 News Investigates Heroin Highway: Where is NH heroin supply coming from?


MANCHESTER - Here in New Hampshire, heroin use is an epidemic.

So NH1 News Investigates wanting to know where is it all coming from?

“It's definitely a problem,” said Lt. Mark Sanclemente of the Manchester Police Department. “There's no secrets there.”

But it's more than just a problem.

More young people use opiates here in New Hampshire than anywhere else in the country.

While at the same time, it's the state with the least access to treatment.

Federal agents say Afghanistan is the biggest illegal opium and heroin exporter that producers more than 80% of the world’s supply?

They say other areas include southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, and South America.

They say couriers then bring it to major metropolitan cities here in the United States like Los Angeles and New York City.

That’s when they got on the Interstate System and the heroin makes its way into New England.

Those roads mainly include interstates 95, 93, and 91.

Just last month in Manchester, Operation Dragnet went into effect.

Feds, state agencies, and Manchester police took heroin and cash off the street.

That time, they rounded up 24 people in the raids.

These take-downs happening every few months in the Queen City alone.

“We're doing the best we can to try and put a dent in that problem,” said Lt. Sanclemente.

“New Hampshire sort of sits in an unfortunate position geographically where we serve as kind of a corridor of transportation,” said Tym Rourke, a New Hampshire drug policy expert.

In the meantime, people are overdosing on a near-daily basis and the number of cases continues to skyrocket.

The medical examiner said at least 325 people last year alone and they’re still counting.

That’s twice the number of deaths from the year before.

Everyone from the DEA on down to our local police departments are quick to admit that this epidemic is not going away anytime soon.

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